Group of Four Round Barrows 300m North West of the Junction Between the Ridgeway and Green Street on Avebury Down
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SE123123 (412302, 171112)
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Bronze Age barrow cemetery comprising bell barrow Avebury 41, bowl barrows Avebury 42 & 43, and pond barrow Avebury 42a. All except the first were dug into in 1849 by Merewether. Avebury 42 contained a primary cremation overlain by layers of sarsens, while Middle and Late Bronze Age sherds plus burnt bones have been found subsequently. Avebury 43 contained a possibly primary cremation in a pit covered by a large sarsen. Again Middle Bronze Age sherds have subsequently been recovered from the surface. The pond barrow yielded animal bones, charcoal and pottery, but no evidence of any interment. Recent RCHME aerial survey recorded 41 & 42 as extant mounds with visible ring ditches, 43 as a low mound and ring ditch, and the pond barrow as an amorphous earthwork.
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